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Issue 17.2 ('Barchart API')
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Alternating Row Colors for Dark Mode

With Dark Mode, choosing the correct colors is trickier

Issue: 17.2 (March/April 2019)
Author: Christian Schmitz
Author Bio: Christian Schmitz is the creator of the Monkeybread Software Xojo/Real Studio Plugins.
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Starting Page Number: 40
Article Number: 17206
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We ported a big Xojo project to MacOS Mojave recently and in that process needed a good solution to update our alternating row colors for the listboxes. We used to have the usual code with row mod 2 = 1 and picking a color for every second row. But this is not perfect with a fixed color when the user can switch between light and dark modes. And while the average user does that while using the application, beta testers, of course, do that. So we needed a good solution for the project.

Xojo 2018r4 has the AppearanceChanged event for Application class, which is very handy to switch colors. Or you check with IsDarkMode function every time you draw something and decide the color.

However, as CellBackgroundPaint event in the Listbox class is called for each cell, it can be called hundreds of times during a single listbox redraw. So we like to optimize the handling and cache the colors.

In MBS Plugins last summer we got the dark mode additions for NSColorMBS class. The NSColorMBS.alternatingContentBackgroundColors function returns an array with two NSColor objects with the current preferred background colors for lists. We want to use this, but not call it for every event as building an array and color objects costs performance for each draw.

So here is some example code:

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